Europe's joint NH-90 utility helicopter made its first flight last month at Eurocopter France's Mairgnane facility under clouds of speculation about the program's future, as defense spending cuts threaten participation by the project's French prime contractor. Late last year, French Defense Minister Charles Millon declared that funding for both the NH-90 and the Eurocopter Tiger helicopter programs was safe in France's revised fiscal 1996 defense budget. At the same time, however, ...


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